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First trip to Colorado : 2 Feb - 6 Mar

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Hi All,

 

I'm planning on spending a good month in Colorado from 4 Feb spreading that time across Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge.  I'm in Whistler now enjoying some great conditions (24cm of powder here last night) but the lack of snow in Colorado has been a bit concerning.  Great to see some storms coming through now, but it would be good to get some perspectives on current conditions and how these are expected to shape up over the next 2 weeks?  Are the current conditions generally OK (albeit far from ideal)?  Is there an expectation for general improvement over the coming few weeks?

 

I've never been to Colorado before ( I'm an Aussie living in Hong Kong, normally skiing at Whistler) and don't have any feel at all as to what you would normally expect to see at this time of year.  Any thoughts appreciated!

 

RT

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Rolytee, welcome to epicski.  I would have no fears especially if you primarily ski inbounds marked resort ski trails.  Based on my visits to three different CO ski areas between Jan 5-12 conditions are subpar, but not disastrous.  The resorts had about 60-70% of their terrain open over the vast majority of their lifts with top to bottom skiing.  The steeper off piste areas are where lean natural coverage had the most negative effect.  Such areas are not open or very sketchy.  Believe conditions have improved in the one week+ since my visit to CO.  Not only do you have some time before your arrival, but you will also be in CO for a lengthy period.  I expect you'll catch your share of great powder conditions.

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I don't have any feel at all as to what you would normally expect to see at this time of year.  Any thoughts appreciated!

 

RT


Normally they would be close to 100% open already, but the snows this week have certainly helped on what has been a very lean year so far. I'd probably spend a day at Keystone (same pass) just to see how you like it- their best skiing is in the trees, which may not be advisable depending on snow conditions, but they also have a nice view of the Lake when it is sunny and is much more protected than Breck in storm conditions.

 

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Thanks for the info on ski conditions and alternatives in the area... I'm significantly more optimistic that the skiing should be OK and the recent snow certainly helps to maintain that optimism!  I found some historical snowfall data for Colorado resorts that indicates Jan/Feb as typically good months for regular snowfall so I'm confident in the 4 weeks we are there we'll get some decent powder action the Rockies are so renowned for.

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What are you doing for passes?

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We've got ourselves an Epic Pass which covers all of the resorts we plan to visit. Terrific value... We purchased the passes on an early bird deal last year enabling us to ski at an average of $22 per day!

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That's kind of what I thought.  Beaver Creek on weekends or just get up and out of the villages early and you will be fine.  

 

IMHO:  The skiing in SW Colorado, Aspen, Crested Butte and Telluride is more challenging and more comparable to Whistler than Summit County.  Maybe save it for your next trip?

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I have spent 3 weeks in Summit County each of the last 5 winters and will be there again in a couple of weeks.  I find February to be the "sweet spot" of the winter.  Generally good coverage everywhere, cold enough that any snow stays reasonably soft between dumps since it doesn't thaw then freeze, and the crowds of March haven't arrived.  Looks like the snow drought has ended so conditions should continue to improve.  You will have a great time.  Assuming the snow depths improve, don't forget A-Basin.  It's included on the Epic Pass and is a great alternative to the other large resorts - especially on a clear sunny day after some fresh snow.

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